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Washington Post:
Duo accused of neo-Nazi plot to target Maryland power stations  —  Atomwaffen founder Brandon Russell and Sarah Clendaniel allegedly sought to attack substations around Baltimore  —  BALTIMORE — A neo-Nazi leader recently released from prison is accused of plotting an attack …
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Centrist Republican lawmaker rules out sidestepping McCarthy on debt ceiling  —  WASHINGTON — A key centrist House Republican is ruling out a fallback option to avert a calamitous debt default, which would require a small number of GOP lawmakers to sidestep Speaker Kevin McCarthy and work with Democrats on a legislative solution.
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Politico:
Federal judge says constitutional right to abortion may still exist, despite Dobbs  —  A federal judge in Washington, D.C., suggested Monday that there may be a constitutional right to abortion baked into the 13th Amendment — an area she said went unexplored by the Supreme Court …
Peter Hamby / Puck:
DeSantis Allies Are Eyeing a '24 Super PAC  —  There are a handful of unofficial, and unsanctioned, “Draft DeSantis” groups raising money to encourage the Florida governor to run for president.  These sort of fundraising groups pop up online every few years as a nice little grift …
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Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:   The Ugly Road to 2024  —  The 2024 Republican primary is already ugly.
Erin Woo / The Information:
Musk's Twitter Has Just 180,000 U.S. Subscribers, Two Months After Launch  —  Around 180,000 people in the U.S. were paying for subscriptions to Twitter, including Twitter Blue, as of mid-January, or less than 0.2% of monthly active users, according to a document viewed by The Information.
Discussion: Slate and Fortune, more at Techmeme »
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Yes, DEI Can Erode Academic Freedom.  Let's Not Pretend Otherwise. … By Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder  —  “We affirm both academic freedom and our responsibility to foster an inclusive learning community.  Importantly, these values neither contradict nor supersede each other.”
Slate:
The Worst Judge in America Could Outlaw the Abortion Pill Nationwide.  It Gets Worse.  —  A single judge could outlaw the abortion pill nationwide.  And that's not even the worst of it.  —  When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it promised to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives.”
Bloomberg:
Chinese Balloons Were Spotted Near US Bases During Trump's Era  —  Alleged Chinese spy balloons were spotted on several occasions during President Donald Trump's administration, including three instances where they traveled near sensitive US military facilities and training areas, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Washington Post:
Four things that pop from the Chinese balloon incident
Bloomberg:
Ron DeSantis to Take Control of Disney's District Board in New Bill  —  Florida lawmakers are proposing to give Ron DeSantis full control over the board overseeing Walt Disney Co.'s special district, as the Republican governor escalates his fight with the entertainment giant.
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National Review:
DeSantis Is Right to Reform Higher Education
Discussion: New Jersey Online and The Guardian
James Risen / The Intercept:
Marines Charged in Capitol Riot Got Highly Sensitive Spy Jobs After Jan. 6 … A Marine charged with taking part in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was transferred into a highly sensitive intelligence assignment at the headquarters of the National Security Agency after the violent attempt …
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Convicted Jan. 6 Capitol rioter caught secretly filming woman undressing at tanning salon owned by his father: Police  —  An Iowa father who recently pleaded guilty to interfering with police during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has found himself once again embroiled in scandal …
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency.  Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting.  —  Ms. Harris is struggling to carve out a lane for herself in what may be one of the most consequential periods in the vice presidency.  —  WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris was frustrated.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
McCarthy, Scalise go to war with U.S. Chamber after group backed some Democrats in 2020 and 2022 elections  — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise refuse to meet with the Chamber of Commerce after it previously endorsed Democrats running for office.
Discussion: Political Wire
Financial Times:
Russia's budget deficit soars as energy revenues slump by almost half  —  Fall in oil and gas sales coupled with sharp rise in defence spending highlight economic damage of Ukraine conflict  —  Russia's budget deficit reached Rbs1.76tn ($25bn) in January as the Kremlin boosted defence spending …
Jason Koebler / VICE:
AI-Generated ‘Seinfeld’ Show Banned on Twitch After Transphobic Standup Bit  —  “Nothing, Forever,” has been banned for at least 14 days.  —  Jason Koebler  —  “Nothing, Forever,” the infinitely-generating AI version of Seinfeld that tens of thousands of people were watching has been banned …
The Drive:
U-2 Spy Planes Snooped On Chinese Surveillance Balloon  —  The U.S. Air Force's U-2S Dragon Lady spy planes were among the assets tapped to monitor and collect intelligence on a Chinese government surveillance balloon during its recent trip across parts of the continental United States and Canada.
U.S. Department of Defense:
Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Holds an Off-Camera, On-The-Record Briefing on the High-Altitude Surveillance Balloon Recovery Efforts  —  Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command
David Remnick / New Yorker:
The Defiance of Salman Rushdie  —  After a near-fatal stabbing—and decades of threats—the novelist speaks about writing as a death-defying act.  —  When Salman Rushdie turned seventy-five, last summer, he had every reason to believe that he had outlasted the threat of assassination.
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
This Judge's Ruling Could Be Very Bad for Alex Murdaugh  —  Jurors will get to hear about the South Carolina lawyer's alleged scheme to cover up millions in debt just before the murders of his wife and son.  —  South Carolina jurors will be allowed to hear about Alex Murdaugh's alleged financial crimes …
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Ticket to ride: NYC mayor gives free bus tickets to Canada for asylum-seekers  —  The hustle and bustle of New York City are just too much for some illegal aliens, so they are taking advantage of free tickets to Canada.  Free to them, of course, but no one is saying exactly where the money is coming from for the tickets.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Jeffrey Katzenberg's escape to L.A.  —  Early last year, the Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg sat for lunch with Rick Caruso, a billionaire mall tycoon who was preparing his run for Los Angeles mayor.  —  Katzenberg told Caruso he understood why he was running.
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Gold / New York Times:
George Santos Invited a Guest to the State of the Union.  He Said Yes.  —  Michael Weinstock, a Democrat who once ran for Mr. Santos's district, said he wanted to raise attention to health issues of 9/11 rescue workers like himself.  —  Representative George Santos, a Republican facing scrutiny …
Discussion: ABC News, Forbes, abc7NY, Raw Story and Insider
The Forward:
Meet the Auschwitz survivor saluted by George Santos in Congress  —  Some doubted her story was real.  But it is, and it will break your heart  —  Jacob Kornbluh  —  When Rep. George Santos marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on the House floor by saying that the grandmother of one of his staff members …
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Campaign's Plan to Take Down Nikki Haley  —  “The difference between her and DeSantis is she's an also-ran.  Donald Trump doesn't need to fear her.  He's gonna toy with her.” … Nikki Haley's decision to become the first Republican to jump into the 2024 race against Donald Trump …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Dark Brandon Takes His Shot  —  Plus: Lordy, those Wisconsin tapes.  —  Are you not entertained?  —  “The whole response to the balloon thing,” complains Damon Linker, “vividly illustrates how degraded American public life has become.  Politicians spouting BS to gain likes and applause online …
Discussion: The Dispatch
Associated Press:
Aid, rescuers rushed to Turkey, Syria after deadly quake  —  1 of 9  —  Countries have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria.  Here's a glance at what's being provided so far:  — The European Union …
 
 
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New York Times:
Eastern Ukraine Braces for New Russian Offensive
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Julia Azari:
The State of the Union speech can only be as powerful as the president delivering it
Yair Rosenberg / The Atlantic:
From This Hill, You Can See the Next Intifada
Andrew Perez / The Lever:
Here's Who Will Be Talking About Jesus On Super Bowl Sunday
Discussion: NPR and Jacobin
Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces Statewide Plan Banning Use Of TikTok
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
About Those 2,500 Dogs That George Santos Claims He Saved
Discussion: HotAir
Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
Economy Remains the Public's Top Policy Priority; COVID-19 Concerns Decline Again
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges
Discussion: Above the Law
Jill Lawrence / Los Angeles Times:
One smart way to win over working-class voters and help the economy
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Associated Press
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene Raise Hell Over Sam Smith's Grammys Performance
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Eric Trump tourmate claims Jewish people are frauds and “Hitler was actually fighting the same people that we're trying to take down today”